Huge week for Vonta Bentley ends with an offer from the Tigers
Lavonta Bentley has exploded onto the recruiting scene this week and seen his stock soar in a matter of days.
Bentley (6-2, 220) entered the week without an FBS scholarship offer. Now, the red-hot class of 2019 linebacker owns close to a dozen of them.
Alabama, Auburn, LSU and Memphis all offered Bentley on Wednesday, following an offer from Troy on Tuesday and tenders from Oregon, FAU and South Alabama on Monday. Florida entered the fold Thursday before Louisville and then Clemson jumped on board Friday.
As you can imagine, it has been a whirlwind week for the Birmingham (Ala.) Jackson-Olin prospect.
“It feels great to get all these offers this week,” Bentley told The Clemson Insider. “I’m blessed to get them and all I can say is I trust the process.”
Despite the flurry of major offers, his latest one from Clemson isn’t getting lost in the shuffle.
“I think it’s a blessing to get their attention to get an offer from a big-time school, which they are,” Bentley said. “Their program is great.”
Bentley feels Clemson’s offer is big for a number of reasons.
“I love their defense,” he said. “They run a great defense and have those dawgs. And I love their fan base. Also that’s a school in my choice because their coaches treat them like family and even the fans.”
The floodgates of Bentley’s recruitment opened after schools caught wind of film from his junior season at Birmingham (Ala.) Parker. Bentley transferred to Jackson-Olin when the second semester began earlier this month, and his new coach has helped spread the word about his talent.
Bentley communicated with Clemson assistant and area recruiter Todd Bates for the first time Wednesday. Bates gave Bentley the verbal offer via another phone conversation Friday.
“He said I got the offer, and not only that, he wants me to come down for junior day and this summer with my mom,” Bentley said. “And he said he loves my film, it’s explosive and fun to watch.”
Bates is expected to stop by Bentley’s school next week.
Bentley said he plans to attend Clemson’s next junior day, which will be held in early March. He cited Miami, Oregon and Memphis as a few of the other schools he wants to check out moving forward.
“I’m looking for a school that has a great academic program and also a great team that treats me like family, a team who’s all about business but makes it fun to play,” Bentley said. “I’m looking into schools that have business management or fields that I can study on mechanical engineering or other things in my interest as far as education.”
Bentley said Tennessee is also showing interest along with the schools that have offered.
Through eight games last season, Bentley logged 79 tackles.